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Exclusive: Robbie Davies Jnr talks world title ambitions, Terence Crawford v Julius Indongo

Joe Hewlett 11/07/2017

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Robbie Davies Jr is part of ITV’s second Box-Office event as the Liverpool man prepares to take on Poland’s Michal Syrowatka.

 

A win would take Davies one step closer to conquering his dream of becoming a world champion.

The 27 year-old is currently ranked number three in the WBA rankings and if victorious on July 15, he has welcomed fights against the number one and two ranked boxers.

“I’d like to fight either Kiryl Relikh or Rances Barthelemy next as they’re number one and two in the WBA rankings. If I fight Relikh then it’s good because he’s been against the likes of Burns and has only lost at world level whilst Barthelemy is well known in American and has already been a world champion,” Davies exclusively told World Boxing News.

Davies Jr admitted he was open to fighting Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns, but only in return for a chance of world title glory.

“I literally only saw Ricky Burns and Crolla tweeting each other the other day. I presume Crolla will be moving up to 140lbs unless it’s at catchweight.

“It depends on where they are, I want to keep moving forward towards world titles and if someone said to me I had to beat one of them to get to the world title then I wouldn’t have a problem taking one of them on.

“If someone offered me one of them two and I then had to fight someone else afterwards to get a chance to fight for a world title then I’d rather take someone else. I literally want to take the fastest route.”

Julius Indongo and Terrance Crawford are set for a unification showdown in America on August 18. Davies Jr believes Crawford would be the sterner challenge if their paths crossed in the foreseeable future.

“Indongo is clinically tall and an awkward southpaw but if you can figure him out within the first two rounds then I think you’d get the beating of him. Whereas Crawford has that cleverness about him where he can change tactics.

“You may be able to figure him out in first few rounds but he might change for the fourth, fifth and sixth, he’s that good of a fighter.

“He’s not a very big light-welterweight as he has come up through the ranks but his speed and knowing his way round the ring means he can do anything and just adapt to whatever he needs to do to make sure he gets the win.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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